Oct. 21, 2004
Albuquerque, N.M.- Freshman Anna Neu's solo goal in the second half gave the University of New Mexico women's soccer team an extra push in the game against Mountain West Conference foe University of Utah Thursday night at the UNM Soccer Complex, but Utah's (10-4-2, 2-1-1 MWC) two earlier goals in the first half was all it needed to get by the rallying Lobos (5-9-0, 1-3 MWC).
The Utes came out strong in the first half against the young New Mexico team. Utah senior Lauren Field got the ball rolling for the Utes as she scored a goal at the 10th minute. The Utah forward later came back at the 30th minute and scored Utah's second and final goal of the night.
In the second half, UNM sparked some scoring opportunities and at the 50th minute mark, Neu made a blazing shot from 20 yards out that deflected off a Utah defender and rolled past Ute keeper Ashley Mason. The goal marked Neu's second of the season. Utah's defense continued to stay tight for the remainder of the game and Utah edged out the Lobos 2-1.
Junior goalkeeper Kristen Winters had a total of five saves for UNM in her full 90 minutes of playing time.
"We just showed our youth in the first half," said UNM head coach Kit Vela. "In the second half we showed what we are all about, but we just have to do it for the full 90 minutes. We've got to get something for our efforts. We have outstanding players and our future is good."
The New Mexico women's soccer team is back in action this Saturday, October 23 when it hosts BYU for its final home game of the season. Game time is set for 11 a.m. (MDT).